To be eligible for consideration by the Vision Science Graduate Program, you must meet the minimum requirements:
Note: Pacific University College of Optometry has established institutional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several academic programs world wide. Graduates or current students of these programs may follow the admissions criteria provided in the individual MOU at your institution. Such agreements will specify the extent to which students from that program meet the admission requirements.
Bachelor’s (or equivalent) Degree
You must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Equivalency is determined by Vision Science Program Committee.
Individuals who are candidates for a bachelor are eligible to apply and may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion. An official transcript showing degree completion must be submitted or the admission will be withdrawn.
General Biology: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
General Physics: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study. Need not be calculus based
Chemistry: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
Mathematics: a standard one-semester course in calculus (or analytic geometry) or one course equivalent
Statistics: one semester or the quarter system equivalent. Statistics must be from a Department of Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology or Statistics. A biostatistics course is acceptable. Business and Economics courses will not meet this requirement.
The following coursework are required to prepare the students to pursue research in vision science:
All prerequisite courses listed above must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher (grades of “C-” or lower are not acceptable). Where possible, all courses should be those intended for science majors. All science prerequisites (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) must include a laboratory.
Applicants currently enrolled in Pacific University college of Optometry, or with an OD degree from an ACOE-accredited program, will automatically qualify as meeting these undergraduate prerequisites.
International applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in optometry or an advanced degree in a discipline related to clinical optometry may be considered, after review of the student application by the Vision Science Program Committee, as meeting the above-listed requirements.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. All students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. This requirement applies to all applicants, including resident aliens and citizens.
Requiring valid proof of English language proficiency is a mandate of the College of Optometry. Thus, only the College can approve any exceptions.
Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Satisfactory test score
- Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
- Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date. Test score more than two years old will be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and the applicant has maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
Minimum test score requirements:
| 550 overall
Minimum per section:
52 structure/written expression
| 213 overall
Minimum per section:
| 80 overall
Minimum per section:
| 6.0 overall
Minimum sub-cores per section:
- A bachelor’s degree or higher completed in an English-based institute:
- Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted.
Invalid proof of English language proficiency
- Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement;
- Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date); or
- Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific;
- Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school;
- Successful completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university;
- An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States.
Students whose academic qualifications are sufficient but who need further language training may be given conditional admission, with unconditional admission granted upon reaching a score of 550 (paper) or equivalent by matriculation into the program.
(Last update: Nov/26/2013)